Scientists have been trying to decipher the mysterious "Phaistos Disk" ever since the 4,000-year-old clay disk was discovered in 1908 on the Greek island of Crete.
Dr. Gareth Owens, who has been studying what he cheekily refers to as the "first Minoan CD-ROM," has figured out not only what the language sounded like but also some of the meaning it conveys, Discovery News reported.
The disk can be read in a spiral direction from the outside rim to the inside. Using what previous studies have shown about Cretan hieroglyphics, and the scripts Minoan Linear A and Mycenaean Linear B from ancient Greece, the researcher was able to identify three key words:
IQE, which may mean "mother" and/or "goddess" and which appears repeatedly on the disk.
IQEPAJE or IQE-PHAE, which may mean "shining mother" or "goddess."
Owens concluded that the disk may contain a prayer to a Minoan goddess.
"The goddess mother has been suspected for a century because of what we think we know about Minoan religion, but the point was to prove it linguistically," Owens said in the email. "The proof is in the pudding."